link to: University of Minnesota

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

Life Course Forum

Description of GLLC/MNLEND Life Course Forum (Held on 9/23/2011):

View an archive video of this LEND Forum

Life Course Theory provides a broad view of looking at health and wellness. There is a complex interplay between biology, behavior, emotions, socialization, and environmental factors in an individual. It is this interplay which can contribute to health outcomes. This is especially true for children and adolescents with special health care needs. The value of the life course allows professionals, practitioners, and physicians to see the full picture of an individual and how their life experiences and environment can affect their health outcomes.

There continues to be a new and emerging field in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in Life Course Theory. At the Marco level life course theory provides new and expanded ways to address disparities in health care and services. The life course perspective highlights the value of intervention at critical periods in an individual’s life and the value of internal and external factors that contribute to overall health.

The goals of the LEND forum were:

  • Introduce trainees, faculty and community members to the MCH Life Course perspective,
  • Inspire the integration of Life Course principles into efforts in policy, services and research.
  • Foster interdisciplinary and inter-program exchange in the form of informal and formal collaboration and support for the incorporation of the Life Course into the efforts of the LEND programs.
The specific learning objectives:
  • Describe the justification for the new MCHB Life Course perspective and its expected outcomes
  • Be able to apply the Life Course in evaluating or proposing policy, programming and research
  • Establish new inter-disciplinary and inter-program (between LEND) colleague networks